CFD memories hold special place in former cowgirl’s heart

Growing up in Wyoming, Cheyenne Frontier Days was something I always looked forward to. I can’t even remember the first time I went to CFD because I was still in diapers.

The earliest memory is watching my sister, Dallas, run barrels at the junior barrel racing that is still an event today. The Junior Barrels usually take place before the main rodeo event on certain days of the week.

I was even involved in junior barrels during my rodeo days, and placed third the last year I did it. Then after that, my family and I would stay for the main rodeo event that starts at 1 p.m. each day during the week of CFD.

The rodeo includes many events like team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and barrel racing, among many other events.

After that, depending on the weather, my family and I would go over to the carnival for a little bit and visit the shops under the stands and in the gazebo.

When I was a little older, my mom let me sing with her at the free entertainment stage as well.

My mom had sung at CFD for 21 years and I was able to help her for three of those years. We would sing around 18 songs in our sets a couple days of the week and even multiple times during the day.

CFD was always such a special time for my family because we were involved with the festivities in many ways.

When I was a sophomore and junior in high school, I was the Pine Bluffs Trail Days Rodeo Queen.

Being a rodeo queen, I was invited to many of the festivities during CFD. I was in the parades throughout the week, I went to the rodeo queen luncheon and I also went to many of the rodeos because of my title.

Nowadays, I go to a few of the rodeos during the week, usually with my grandparents, as well as many of the night shows with my friends.

The night shows include concerts and bull riding. The bull riding takes place on Tuesday and Thursday night of the week of CFD.

CFD is so special to me because I basically grew up there and it was time well spent with my family.

During CFD, there are many events that happen during the week. To begin with, there are parades on both Saturdays of the week, as well as Tuesday and Thursday. The parades start at 9 a.m.

During the mornings each day there are Behind the Chutes tours, which lets people see the routes the animals go through each day during the rodeo. This tour also includes going out into the arena and seeing the chutes from another angle. There are also tours in the late afternoon.

On Wednesday and Thursday there is a challenge rodeo where a contestant from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is paired up with special-needs children in an adapted rodeo experience.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday there are Pancake Breakfasts that are held from  7-9 a.m. Along with the pancake breakfast, there is also a Chuckwagon Cookoff.

On both Sundays of the week, there are Cowboy Church services held by Susie McEntire and her husband Mark Eaton.

During the week, you can also find entertainment in Old Frontier Town, Sidewinder Saloon and Buckin’ A Saloon.

The Old West Museum, as well as the Indian Village has a lot of great history to it and is part of the CFD experience.

The military is also a huge part of CFD and has Fort D.A. Russell Days on July 21 and 22. Then on July 25, the U.S. Air Force has the Thunderbird show and the best place to sit is right here at Laramie County Community College.

The Wyoming National Guard also has an open house on July 25.

For more information on Cheyenne Frontier Days events, visit cfdrodeo.com/events-schedule.

About Brooke Darden (25 Articles)
My name is Brooke Darden. I am a sophomore at Laramie County Community College and am majoring in Mass Media. This will be my second year in Wingspan and I love getting involved with the faculty and students for the paper. I plan to transfer to the University of Wyoming in fall 2018 to continue my bachelor’s degree in Communications. I love to read, play volleyball, and spend time with my family and friends.

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